Corona Virus Safety Tips

Last Update: March 31, 2020

We're all concerned about everyone's safety during this world health crisis.

There is much information swirling around the world of the internet and news broadcasts about the Covid-19 virus. It seems to me that there is a lot of conflicting information out there. This could be due to the fact that this is so new, and the situation is evolving on a daily basis.

If you're like me, you could be wondering what the real story is and who to trust.

Of course, I am following the guidelines of washing my hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (long enough to sing the "Happy Birthday Song" to myself twice, as well as doing my best to refrain from touching my face, and adhering to social distancing. But I have a lot of questions about what is safe and what isn't.

A friend shared some important information with me that helped to calm some of my fears of the unknown.

This very helpful information came from Irene Ken, a physician whose daughter is an assistant professor of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University. It is the best and most up to date information I've seen about the Covid-19 virus.

I was surprised that the virus is not alive.

It is a DNA protein molecule that is covered by a protective layer of fat. When it is absorbed by the cells of your eyes, nose, or mouth, the virus causes a mutation in them by changing the genetic code of the affected cells and converting them into aggressive multiplier cells, so that they replicatea the virus.

You cannot kill the virus because it is not a living organism.

Since the virus is a protein molecule and not a living organism, it cannot be killed. It decays on its own. The length of time required for this process to occur depends on the temperature, humidity, and kind of material that it lands on.

The virus is very fragile.

It has no cell membrane to protect it, but only a thin layer of fat. This is the reason soap is the most effective way to destroy the virus. The foam breaks down this protective fat layer, causing the protein molecule to disperse, thus destroying the virus. That is why you have to rub your hands for 20 seconds or more in order to make a lot of foam.

If we can't kill it, how do we get rid of it?

Use hot water.

Water that is above 77 degrees Fahrenheit should be used to wash hands, clothing, and dishes. Heat melts fat, and hot water makes more foam, so there is a double benefit to using hot water.

Alcohol dissolves fat.

Hand sanitizers or cleansers with over 65% alcohol will dissolve the outer fat layer of the virus.

Bleach dissolves protein.

A mixture of 1 part bleach to 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, and the virus breaks down from the inside.

Hydrogen peroxide dissolves protein.

Full strength hydrogen peroxide is effective longer than soap, alcohol, and chlorine because it dissolves the virus protein, but it will burn your skin. I would recommend wearing rubber gloves and disinfecting surfaces, dishes, and hard surfaced articles with it, but not fabric. It will damage the color of the cloth. (Some of you might remember when women used peroxide to become blondes!)

LISTERINE works because it is 65% alcohol.

So if you can't get alcohol or Chlorox, you can still sanitize your environment!

Do not use antibacterial soap.

A virus is not a living organism like bacteria. Therefore, antibiotics cannot kill it. It's impossible to kill something that is not alive. Antibacterial soap helps bacteria mutate into antibiotic resistant strains, but it cannot destroy a virus.

Do not use vinegar to disinfect.

It does not break down the protective layer of fat, so it does not destroy the virus.

Alcoholic drinks will not destroy the virus.

The alcohol congtent is not high enough; you need 65% to be effective.

NEVER shake clothing, sheets, laundry, or anything made of cloth.

If you shake an item with the virus on it, the molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.

When the virus is stuck to a surface, it is very inert and disintegrates.

It takes 3 hours for the virus to disintegtrate on porous surfaces, such a fabric; 4 hours on copper and wood; 24 hours on cardboard; 42 hours on metal, and 72 hours on plastic.

Do not use a feather duster or dust cloth to clean surfaces.

This will have the same effect as shaking clothing -- scattering the virus molecules and sending them airborne, where they will float around for another three hours prior to disintegrating. Use an alcohol wipe or a bleach solution to clean counter tops, sinks, doorknobs, etc. If dusting furniture, use a dustcloth dampened with Pledge or Endust so the virus will stick to it instead of being scattered in the air. Then wash the dustcloth in hot water and soap.

Cold will not destroy the virus.

The virus molecules do not break down; they remain very stable in cold temperatures. Therefore, cold environments such as air conditioned houses and cars are more likely to contain the viable viruses.The molecules also need moisture and darkness to remain stable. An environment that is dry, dehumidified, warm, and bright will degrade the virus more quickly than a cold, dark, damp one will. Open, well ventillated spaces are healthier because the more confined spaces can have a higher concentration of the virus.

Cooking does destroy the virus, but refrigeration or freezing does not.

UV LIGHT breaks down the virus protein.

It can be used to disinfect items such as masks or gowns, but can also break down collagen. Therefore, skin should be protected while utilizing a UV light for sterilization purposes.

The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

It is wonderful to know this; however, you should still wear gloves when shopping or handling items that might have been contaminated because the virus remains stable on them for several hours, or even days, depending on the material. When you discard your gloves, grasp the glove at the wrist area, pull down so that the inside of the glove is facing you. The glove wil turn inside out as you peel it off of your hand. Then, while holding that inside out glove in your other hand, do the same thing with the other glove. This will put the second glove inside the first one before you throw them away, thus keeping the virus molecules on the inside of the gloves.

You MUST wash your hands before and after touching items such as:

your face, food, locks, door knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, or any other frequently used articles. Clean your phone, remote control, and computer, with a sanitizing wipe frequently. And, of course, always wash your hands after using the restroom.

Your hands will likely get dry and sore from washing them so much. Apply hand lotion to dry skin because the virus molecules can hide in the small cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better. Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide under them.

Stay home as much as possible and away from crowded places.

Maintain social distancing. Assume that everyone you meet might be positive for the Corona virus even if they are not sick. They might have been unknowingly exposed to it and are carriers, even though they have not yet developed symptoms. Be sure to stay well hydrated.
Avoid eating in restaurants, (even if you can find one open!) You do not know if the person handling your food is infected. I would take this a step further and avoid using take out or delivery meals as well, for the same reason.

Keep a positive attitude, eat nutritious meals, stay hydrated, stay safe, and stay well!

Carol Meador

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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Carol,

Knowing all this valuable information and having all these helpful tips at hand we should not be afraid of this virus. Following the rules, one should be safe.
I have 2 good articles, one on vitamin C and the other on Zinc, if you are interested, let me know.
Once a week Michael leaves the house for shopping and that is it. I feel blessed with my garden and after some very welcomed heavy rain, the weather is beautiful so ideal for some garden work

Stay safe and healthy, Taetske
CarolMeador Premium
Hi Taetske. I'd love to have the articles you mentioned. We are interested in natural health. Would you PM the links to me? We also go out for groceries, but are considering cutting back to once every 2 weeks to cut down on possible exposure to people. The US finally said that everyone should be wearing masks after earlier telling us that they don't protect you from the virus, but to wear one if you are feeling sick. We just ignored the powers that be, as we don't agree with what they're telling us, so we had our masks and gloves purchased well ahead of the rush to get supplies.
laparra1 Premium
I am sending you a PM.

Stay safe and healthy, Taetske
CarolMeador Premium
Thanks, Taetske. I saw it, but haven't looked at the links yet. Thinking I might revise my post and add the info.
MKearns Premium
Stay safe Taetske. You and Michael are in a country that surpassed Italy in the bad stats!
laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Mike,

Nice to see you. The hot spots are not where we live and keeping to once a week shopping and only 1 person our risk is near 0.

Have you stopped by to see what I post on FB? The other side of the coin is that Mother Earth is recuperating.

One thing is sure we will not be going back to our "old" life once this is declared to be over. I am afraid we will be in for some bad surprises.

Stay safe and healthy, Taetske
CarolMeador Premium
I think so, too, Taetske.
accad Premium
I wonder how much molecules are flying around us and how much could land to a person. I presume there are millions of DNA molecules hovering and most are melted due to heat. However, if one single molecule will accidentally land to lips, eyes and is ingested then it will develop into millions again. This is my weird idea.
CarolMeador Premium
I don't think your idea is weird at all. One of the ways it is passed from one person to another is if a person who is positive for the virus is talking, sneezing, coughing, and probably laughing...anything that causes the droplets to be dispursed into the air if the person's mouth is not covered when they do those things.

I find it comforting that they disintegrate after the fat melts in the heat, so they're only flying around for about 3 hours, and that they can't multiply unless they enter a body somehow.

But, we never know who already has them and is spreading them without knowing it because they are not sick, but still contageous.
I think you are correct when you say that the molecule can be floating around and get into your eyes, nose, or mouth if you are not wearing protection, even if you are not close to the person who sneezed, etc.

The molecules can also land on surfaces that we touch, or our clothes, etc. and will not disintegrate right away. So we can get it that way, too, if we touch something that is contaminated and then touch our face.

That's why it's important to wear gloves and a mask, plus sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes if you don't already wear glasses.

Stay safe, and be well, my friend.

JeffreyBrown Premium
The whole thing about this is weird--how is this not genetically engineered? I find it extremely hard to believe that this would occur in nature, but then, I'm no scientist!
accad Premium
Yes, it's far from my thinking that it came from bats. It has been centuries that these are being taken as human food why is it only now? However, this is only our thoughts, no scientific basis.
CarolMeador Premium
I agree with you, Jeff. It had to be genetically engineered since it was attacking Asian people more than others.
CarolMeador Premium
You don't have to be a scientist to have a valid opinion, Jimmy.
Isaiah14 Premium
While reading this post - I happened to get up half-way through to disinfect my laptop keyboard and cell-phone.

But you're right about the hand lotion - I've brought up extra lotion to go along with all this excessive hand washing 👍

Thanks for the tips Carol
Isaiah 😊
CarolMeador Premium
You're welcome, Isaiah. Take care of yourself, stay home, be safe, and be well, my friend.
EHR Premium
Wow! That is a wonderful article. Great information! Gene
CarolMeador Premium
Thanks, Gene. Glad you found it helpful. I was so thrilled when my friend sent me the info because there is so much informationand disinformation/misinformation floating around out there. Stay safe, and be well, my friend.
EHR Premium
The disinformation is the worst of it. People are walking right into it like a bunch of sheep. Gene
CarolMeador Premium
You are so right, Gene. I couldn't believe it when hoards of horny collegekids descended on our beaches in spite of the warning and 10 person rule. I think that's a lot of the reason FL has such high numbers of cases now that they finally got the testing in place. It seems like the younger generation doesn't take anything seriously....seem to think they're invincible....until THEY start getting sick! Stay safe, my friend.